All UKIP candidates signed a declaration that they would agree to join the Group, and pool our resources in order to continue our fight against the European Union. Nikki Sinclaire has dishonoured that pledge. In a separate breach of party discipline, Ms. Sinclaire also failed to declare other relevant issues to the interview panel when she was selected as a UKIP candidate. As a consequence of these actions, the National Executive Committee took the decision on 11 January 2010 that Ms. Sinclaire will not be permitted to stand as a UKIP candidate at future electionsThus came the decision from the appropriately named chairman of UKIP, Paul Nuttall, although Nikki claims that she has had no chance to answer the accusations and has been convicted and sentenced by a kangaroo court.
Curiously, bankruptcy petitions are a matter of public record and this one was filed on the day before the 2005 General Election, when Nikki was on the verge of being defeated by Sylvia Heal in Halesowen and Rowley Regis. Rumour has it that the petition was presented to Nikki on the occasion of the election count. In short, I find it very hard to believe that UKIP weren't aware that Ms Sinclaire had been bankrupted - a bankruptcy that was later discharged and would not affect her candidacy as an MEP. Indeed, it seems clear that senior members within UKIP were well aware of her past troubles.
Responding to Nigel Farrago's assault earlier in the week, Nikki has declared that she is determined to stand for UKIP in the General Election in Meriden, although as her nomination and right to use the party description and logo has to be signed off by a party official, it seems unlikely that this will come to pass. Indeed, she has already been instructed that she is now prohibited from using the UKIP logo and name in any published material.
Looks like my forecast of her being gone by the summer is distinctly optimistic. Will she last the weekend as a UKIP MEP?